Conner is a student in our Supported internship programme.  As part of the programme, students undertake a work placement to gain training and on-the-job experience, with the aim of progressing into paid work.  In November, Conner was welcomed into a placement with Golden Leas Holiday Park in Sheerness.

Conner joined the Golden Leas family at an exciting time as owner, Rauol, and manger, Jo, were leading the development of a new clubhouse and improvements to the Holiday Park ready for the new season.  Golden Leas staff have provided the environment to enable Conner to work independently around the park where he has made some great friendships and become part of the team.

Throughout the winter months, Conner has been working with the team on the make-over, ensuring the grounds look great and well-maintained. He has been preparing and organising everything ready for the return of the caravan owners. 

The opening launch of the new clubhouse was celebrated in March with residents commenting on the attention to detail and transformation of the decor, facilities and club house. 

"'The day went perfectly! I loved meeting all the caravan owners at the park!'' - Conner

The clubhouse was officially opened at the launch by Gordon Henderson, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheerness.  Residents, supporters and friends of Golden Leas joined the celebration which was covered by Bridge Radio FM (BRFM) and Kent Online.  Being involved in developing and improving community facilities has been a great opportunity and a great start to Conner's placement with Golden Leas Holiday Park, showing how important it is for people with learning difficulties and/or autism to be seen, heard and belong working and as active members of the community.